SunSprings in Tacloban

 

Tacloban

Tacloban is the capital of the Region of Eastern Visayas in Philippines, also making it the largest city in terms of population in the region. It is approximately 580 km (360 mi) southeast of Manila.


Tacloban's debris
Source: Wikimedia.org

On 8 November, 2013, it was heavily struck by Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Typhoon Haiyan. As of December 5th, the death toll stood at ~7k people. Most of the damage and deaths were caused by waves that inundated towns, washed ships ashore, and swept away villages. About 80 percent of the structures were destroyed due to a storm surge - an abnormal rise in sea levels associated with strong winds and abnormally low atmospheric pressure brought by a strong typhoon. The storm also left 4.4 million people homeless.

It is considered one of the deadliest natural disasters in Philippine history.

Currently, the rehabilitation of the region is still underway. Debris can still be found all over the city, making it hard for rebuilding efforts to commence while also exposing the local residents to health hazards.

 

H2Open Doors Project

H2Open Doors is a project of the Rotary Clubs of Redwood City, California, USA. It installed two SunSprings in Tacloban in order to provide clean water to the survivors. "The two SunSprings, along with a generator set and 24 LED street lights, are contributing to the recovery by offering safe water and power for thousands of residents who have lost everything. The water purification systems mostly used in the zone are inferior, requiring diesel fuel and chlorine chemical treatment. The SunSpring is powered by 360-watt solar panels and a wind turbine, and remove the pathogens through it's 5-stage membrane filtration system. The Philippine Department of Health had declared the city water unsafe to drink two days before their arrival, making the SunSprings the only source for pure, drinking water for the RTR Hospital as well as the Suhi Barangay.

Please watch the following short documentary put together by Jon Kaufman of RC Peninsula Sunrise about these efforts and the work that still needs to be done in the region.

 

 
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